Feeling Older? Here’s How to Embrace It – The New York Times

Spoiler Alert

The answer is more beer.

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Healthy Lifestyle May Increase Lifespan by 7 Years

Current US life expectancy is 78 years for men and 82 years for women, but for the low-risk group in this study, life expectancies were 85 and 89 years, respectively.

Source: Healthy Lifestyle May Increase Lifespan by 7 Years

Source: A healthy lifestyle increases life expectancy by up to seven years: Maintaining a normal weight, not smoking, and drinking alcohol at moderate levels are factors that add healthy years to life — ScienceDaily

I should have saved more, invested better, and not spent so much money on the kids.

Stronger Muscles, Longer Life – OU Medicine

Over a 15-year period, older adults who regularly strength trained were 45% less likely to die than those who didn’t. In fact, their risk of death from heart disease was 41% lower. From cancer, it was 19% less. This link remained ever after the researchers considered the influence of other factors, such as age, overall health, and smoking status.

Source: Stronger Muscles, Longer Life

I’ve known about the benefits of strength training for some time.  I try to build in resistance training 2x a week.  Some weeks are better than others but for the most part I’ve been fairly compliant for over ten years.  After reading this article I’m more motivated.

See you at the gym later.

I Decided Not to be a Writer – I’m OK With That

Nearly half of Americans would have trouble finding $400 to pay for an emergency. I’m one of them.

Source: Many Middle-Class Americans Are Living Paycheck to Paycheck – The Atlantic

Neal Gabler is a visiting professor in the MFA Creative Writing and Literature Program at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. He is the author of a forthcoming biography of Edward Kennedy and five other books.

Ever since my undergraduate days I’ve dreamed of being a writer.  Not only do I love to write but I have to write.  I write almost every day.  I just don’t get paid to write.  Having just read Neal Gabler’s article I feel the decision to pursue a different line of work and become a non-writer was a good decision.  I just never thought that 40 years later I would be doing what I did for a living as a 22 year old kid fresh out of college.

No regrets.

Pets Are Good For Humans’ Health – NPR

Eric O’Grey was 51, obese and suffering from diabetes and high cholesterol when he took home an overweight shelter dog. Now the duo are headlining a campaign on how pets improve humans’ lives.

Source: Eric And Peety Make The Case That Pets Are Good For Humans’ Health : Shots – Health News : NPR

The video located in the website link above is a must see.  Wonderful story!